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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Feb. 28

28 Feb 2021, 10:44 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Saturday authorized Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in the United States.

It is the third COVID-19 vaccine that has received FDA's emergency use authorization (EUA) in the country, following the first one developed by American drugmaker Pfizer in partnership with German company BioNTech, and second one developed by American drugmaker Moderna. (US-Coronavirus-Vaccine)

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DAMASCUS -- Four people, including a child, were killed and 18 others were injured by a fire that broke out at a refugee camp in northeastern Syria on Saturday, state news agency SANA reported.

The fire erupted in the al-Hol refugee camp, which is run by the Kurdish militia of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the northeastern province of Hasakah, said SANA. (Syria-Fire)

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CAIRO -- Arab League (AL) Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit expressed on Saturday support for Saudi Arabia's rejection of a recent U.S. intelligence report on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.

"Saudi judicial authorities are the only ones in charge of holding those involved in Khashoggi case accountable," the AL chief said in a statement. (Arab League-Saudi-US)

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LISBON -- The Portuguese Ministry of Health reported on Saturday that the country's COVID-19 vaccination rollout is above the average pace in the European Union (EU).

The ministry said Portugal has administered 7.50 doses per 100 inhabitants, compared to the EU average of 6.83/100. (Portugal-Coronavirus-Vaccination)

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